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KentChoices Letter FAQs - Plans for September

If you have landed on this page, it is likely you have been directed here by a letter that we recently sent you about KentChoices and your plans for September. You can download a copy of that letter below.  

Frequently Asked Questions

This page should answer any follow up questions you may have and where necessary, direct you to further information and support.

This short video will guide you through the process of preferencing your applications on KentChoices.


If you have applied to sixth forms or further education (FE) colleges without using KentChoices, you won’t need to log in to the site to preference/follow up on your applications.

However, if you have not heard back or awaiting the outcome of an interview, it’s a good idea to contact the school or college again to see what is happening. It is very likely that there isn’t a problem, but you should try to get this done, that way you don’t have to worry about it during your GCSEs.

To follow up FE Colleges, see the FAQs below ‘I applied to one of the EKC Group Colleges (Ashford, Broadstairs, Canterbury, Dover, Folkestone, Sheppey and EKC Sixth Form College)’ or ‘I applied to one of the North Kent Colleges (Dartford, Gravesend, Hadlow and Tonbridge)’.

This isn’t a problem; but you still need to order your applications on KentChoices (if you have more than one).

If you haven’t heard from the place you applied to using their application method, for example, you are waiting to hear about an interview, get in touch with them as soon as possible. That way, you can be clear on your plans for September before your GCSEs start.

Having a backup plan in place will be important in the event that you don’t do as well in your GCSEs as predicted.

This way, you won’t be left worrying on results day about what you are going to do next as you’ll already have plan B lined up.

If you are unsure what to choose as your backup plan, speak to your school, or alternatively you can contact:

  • National Careers Service, 0800 100 900 or   
  • KentChoices team. We work on behalf of Kent County Council to support young people:  Email KentChoices or call us on 03301 651 120 (Office hours are 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday)

Don’t panic, there is still time, but It is important that you start making plans for September now.

In the first instance ask at school as they should be able to help you.  Alternatively, you can contact the:

  • National Careers Service, 0800 100 900 or   
  • KentChoices team. We work on behalf of Kent County Council to support young people:  Email KentChoices  or call us on 03301 651 120 (Office hours are 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday).

If you would like to find out more about apprenticeships look here:

Become an Apprentice

Apprenticeship vacancies are also advertised on KentChoices:

Search for Apprenticeships

If you find one you would like to apply for, you will be directed to the Gov.uk website, where you can also register to be notified of vacancies.

 Email KentChoices for more info

You can start an apprenticeship or job with training after the last Friday in June if you are 16 years old, or will have turned 16 by the end of the summer holidays.

The expectation is that all young people will stay in education, training or employment with formal training until their 18th birthday.  By gaining further qualifications you can improve your career options in the future.

For a number of reasons, some young people may not be able to stay in education after Year 11.  If you think this relates to you, find out more or get in touch below.

Not in education, employment or training?  

(It’s important to remember that not being in education/training may affect any benefits your family receive)

If you have received any offers of a place at one of the EKC Group Colleges, you will receive an email asking you to visit the EKC Group Application Portal to confirm your place. 

If you have more than one offer, you will again, need to put them in order of preference.

Remember - if you have applied to one of these colleges and have not yet booked your interview, make sure to log on to their portal and do this as soon as you can. 

If you applied to one of these colleges either using KentChoices or their own application method and are waiting for an interview or the outcome of an interview, contact:

Dartford, Gravesend and Tonbridge Campus

admissions@northkent.ac.uk or  01322 629 400

Hadlow & Greenwich Campus

admissions@northkent.ac.uk or  01732 850 551

If you applied to one of these colleges either using KentChoices or their own application method and are waiting to hear from them, contact:

You don’t need to log on to KentChoices to put any offers in order of preference unless your school specifically asks you to.  If you do not know what you are doing in September yet, ask at your school for an update.

Alternatively, you can find out more about your options on the Kent Local Offer here:

Kent Local Offer

Kent County Council is required to stay in touch with you for two years after Year 11 and provide free support and advice should you need it. To do this, we (The Education People) will make contact with you at regular intervals. Find out more about how we do this and how we use the information below:

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